Kong Frederik den 9 normaly called Kongen (The King) Build in 1954 by Helsingør Værft in Denmark. Build to The Danish State Railways. Have sailed mostly on all routes.
Rødby (Denmark) to Puttgarten (Germany)
Gedser (Denmark to Warnemünde (Eastgermany)
Halskov to Knudshoved (Denmark)
Korsør (Denmark) to Kiel (Germnay)
Sailed I think to 1997.
Sold to the Danish Ferry Museum. When they went bancrupt,they sold the ship to the breakers in Alang India.
Best regards Torben.
I think among her first lines, and rather unknown, was the Gedser(Denmark)-Grossenbrode Kai(West Germany, or in those days nicknamed "the ABOZ", American-British Occupation Zone) before the Rödby-Puttgarden line was opened some decade later. She ran that line with the full-white DEUTSCHLAND(I) from 1953, and later with her larger version sister-ship, also then painted in full-white, the THEODOR HEUSS. They were all later put on the Rödby-Puttgarden line as well. On the Gedser(DK)-Warnemünde(GDR, nicknamed also as "the SBZ" - Soviet occupation Zone) line she ran with the beautiful Rostock built "WARNEMÜNDE" for many decades. All these beautiful ships now all gone.
I have a picture of Theodor Heuss, when she leave Rostock Harbour in ice, in the winter of 97. She have changed her name. And with the name of "Theodor of Kingstown, shes going for her last trip to the breakers in Alang. That was realy sad. I sailed with her so many times.
Same with The King. I have slept on board her. Eating on board with the crew. She had style.
I have a little story about the WARNEMÜNDE. She had only one entrance/ramp for cars. So you have to back on board in Gedser. Not all truckdrivers where good. So the crew did it for 20 west cigarettes or some money. But the poor dewil from "DEUTRANS" the DDR transport comp. Have to do it, by them selfes. They didn´t have any cigarettes or west money.